SR99 Tunnel Radio Project

If you’re like me, then you read every ACS email, in which case you also know we got to play with radios today and not just our own! We had about 30 people out today to assist with our SR99 testing project. Most of those being ACS members, but we were also supported by SFD and WSDOT. The task was to determine the range of effective communications of our radios in and through the new tunnel.

We were also loaned 800 MHz radios by SFD for the exercise. Our testing consisted of staging a ham every three-tenths of a mile for the entire 2.1-mile stretch, end to end on both the north and southbound lanes. We tested simplex frequencies on VHF, UHF, and 800 MHz.  We found that the higher frequencies had the best coverage. The 800 MHz radios were readable from start to finish, while 440 covered a majority of the length for HT’s with the standard “rubber ducky” antenna.

Overall, it was a fun afternoon despite the chills of the first day of Winter. Thanks to Franz (N3HFS) for the idea, everyone who assisted, and leadership for making it happen!

 

Fall News and Activities

ACS/MST December Meeting and End-of-Year Celebration Lunch – Saturday December 8th, 2018 at the Discovery Park Education Center 1100 – 1330.  Please join us to celebrate a successful year of team building and service to our community.  We will be joined by Barb Graff, the Director of the Seattle Office Emergency Management and we have invited Andy Ruschak, KK7TR who works as a Wireless Technology Consultant to speak with us about  LTE technology from the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Perspective and looking to the future.

Hope to see everyone one there – Seattle ACS/MST Leadership Teams

 

ACS – September Meeting and Training – Saturday 9-15-2018

ACS will kick-off its 2018-19 Meeting and Training program on Saturday September 15, 2018 at South Seattle College in Olympic Hall Room 101.  Coffee at 8:30 AM, the meeting begins at 9:00 AM.  The primary focus of our meeting will be to:  1. Recap the public service events and activations of the summer, reviewing what we learned, 2. Hear updates and plans for our current and future projects and 3. Learn about the implementation of the new ACS G-Suite system and the related improvements to document management, messaging and web services.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.